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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to indicate understanding or to signal the fact of having caught or defeated another.
  • n. A game or endeavor in which one party seeks to catch another out, as in a mistake or lie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Got you; have you; as in capture or apprehend.
  • Understand; comprehend.
  • Got you covered, got your back; when you have an advantage or responsibility over someone.
  • Got you back; as in after causing some form of retaliation or revenge against someone.
  • Got you by surprise; Exclamation indicating a successful trick or prank.
  • Got you by surprise; as in engineering or computer programming; typically an unintended consequence or problem caused by a small variation in areas such as command syntax, function definition, results application.
  • n. A potential problem or source of trouble.

Etymologies

Contraction of got you.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Written form of a reduction of got you. got +‎ -cha (Wiktionary)
Direct acquisition of gotcha, the contraction of got you. (Wiktionary)

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